The synoptic chart is one of the tools used by the meteorology forecaster. As mentioned in chapter 6, it shows the weather situation at a given time, namely the main synoptic hours of 0000 UTC, 0600 UTC, 1200 UTC and 1800 UTC. All information on the chart is based on observations at the various stations, including aerodromes.

The amount of information on the chart may vary from the most basic ones showing only pressure systems and fronts to those showing information for every observation station in the form of a station circle in addition to the pressure systems and fronts.

The LOs for meteorology states that the required knowledge for the synoptic charts includes:

  • Chart symbology
  • The synoptic situation
  • The likely future development of the situation shown on the chart
  • The implications of the weather situation to the pilot
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